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Policy Agendas Project

The Policy Agendas Project is an online data resource center available to the public that allows users to trace, graph, and download policy change in the U.S. since the Second World War. Data is available through a web-based interface that allows users to download filtered records for their own analyses as well as track levels of attention and government activity through graphical analysis tools. The PAP allows students and researchers to track the agendas of multiple government institutions, the media, and the public. Legislative activity is captured by data sets on all congressional hearings, roll call votes, public laws, U.S. budget authority, and stories from the Congressional Quarterly. In addition, all bills introduced in Congress are collected and coded in a related undertaking, the Congressional Bills Project. Executive branch activity can be traced using data sets on all executive orders and State of the Union addresses. The Judicial Branch is represented by data sets on Supreme Court certioraris granted and denied. Finally, the media and public agendas are captured respectively by a sample of stories from the New York Times and the Gallup opinion poll on the Most Important Problem.
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